Parents On Mission To Find PS5, Xbox Series X This Christmas ‘And Nobody Can Get Them’ – CBS Kitchener

kitchener (CBS) – The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are two of the hottest things going to be under the Christmas tree this year, if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one. Every time a new stock is online, they sell out within seconds. Some parents go out of their way to acquire one.

It’s the season of giving and maybe the gift is a new PlayStation 5.

“I’ve been watching since they fell late last month,” said Maria Schiff. “It’s the only thing my 13 year old wants with a pair of socks.”

Quite a lot of range for Schiff’s son, but apparently it was good, and Schiff was on a mission to find one of those elusive video game consoles.

“I’ve tried my whole family,” Schiff said, “and my brother worked overnight, so I did [said], get on your way to crazy times and let’s just try it out. “

The problem is that the PS5 seems impossible to find along with its competitor, the Xbox Series X.

“It’s basically like the Ferbie and Cabbage Patch Kids of years past,” said Frank Stanchek. “Everyone wants these things and nobody can get them.”

Even Stanchek, the owner of Classic Game Junkie – a video game store in Glenside – can’t get his hands on it.

“Almost every time we pick up the phone it’s like ‘Hi, Classic Game Junkie’. “Do you all have a PS5?” “No man, I’m sorry we don’t have a PS5 today,” said Stanchek. “‘When are you going to get some?’ Probably not until March. “

You could have the fastest fingers in Kitchener with these consoles in your shopping cart ready to ship, but experts say there’s a reason you still can’t buy one.

“Bot makers and those trying to buy these consoles in bulk at low cost and then resell them in places like eBay and elsewhere on the Internet,” said Dan Petterson, tech reporter at CBS News.

Petterson said he viewed these bots as tech-savvy grinches. They are computer programs designed to quickly flood a website when new consoles are released. They grab the product before human competitors even have a chance.

“The best thing you can do is to squirm your way through the problem, understand how this problem occurs, and do your best to avoid it by buying everything you buy from a legitimate retailer, not in a secondary market, “he said.

“I had one in my car about a dozen times just to make it go away,” Schiff said.

It took a little patience, but Schiff eventually found and bought a PS5 for her son at a Best Buy three hours away.

“I finally found one the other day in Virginia,” Schiff said. “I’m going down Sunday and it’s going to be an adventure.”

And, quite surprisingly, Christmas morning for her son.

“Right now I feel like a champion and I hope one day he will remember it,” said Schiff.

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